Cleaning Your Tile Floors
The following points are general tips to clean your tile flooring. We suggest that you check with your specific tile flooring manuafactuer for detailed information on how best to clean your tile flooring
- To clean your tile floors, damp mop them with water. If they need further cleaning, add a very small amount of the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner or a mild detergent solution. After washing, thoroughly rinse the floor with warm water.
- If you can’t find a manufacturer–recommended cleaner, choose a non–acidic, non–alkaline cleaner. It’s also very important to purchase a cleaner for your specific type of tile – porcelain will require a different cleaner than ceramic, and so on.
- Steer clear of ammonia or acid–based alkaline cleaners, which can discolor grout and dull polished floor tiles. Instead, look for green cleaning products that contain more natural ingredients. When choosing a cleaner, always make sure that it’s compatible with the type of tile you have.
- Don’t use steel wool or any abrasive on your tile floors, as they can dull or scratch the floor. Treat glazed tiles as you would a mirror.
- Glazed tile floors should be swept or vacuumed regularly.
- If the grout between floor tiles becomes stained, try a grout stain to get the grout back to near its original color.
- Avoid waxing your tile flooring.
- Be sure to immediately wipe up spills to avoid staining the grout between floor tiles. If needed, clean the spot with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner and a clean, dry cloth.